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Patton (1970)

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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, metacritic.com
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... General George S. Patton Jr.
Karl Malden ... General Omar N. Bradley
Stephen Young ... Captain Chester B. Hansen
Michael Strong ... Brigadier General Hobart Carver
Carey Loftin ... General Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Albert Dumortier Albert Dumortier ... Moroccan Minister
Frank Latimore ... Lieutenant Colonel Henry Davenport
Morgan Paull ... Captain Richard N. Jenson
Karl Michael Vogler ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Bill Hickman ... General Patton's Driver
Pat Zurica ... First Lieutenant Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)
James Edwards ... Sergeant William George Meeks
Lawrence Dobkin ... Colonel Gaston Bell
David Bauer ... Lieutenant Gen. Harry Buford
John Barrie ... Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
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Storyline

"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Direct from its sensational reserved seat engagement.

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

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English | German | French | Russian | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

2 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patton - Rebell in Uniform See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$61,700,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)| DTS 70 mm (70 mm re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

George C. Scott felt he hadn't really captured the full character of George S. Patton. He would apologize to director Franklin J. Schaffner on the set for not fully realizing the complexity of the man. See more »

Goofs

Before the Battle of Normandy, Patton is reading a book, The Norman Invasions, which would be Normans invading England, not the Allies invading Normandy from England. The list of Patton's favorite books, provided by his widow in 1952, includes: The Greatest Norman Conquest, Osborne, and The History of the Norman Conquest of England, five volumes by Freeman. That's going the wrong way, for the Allies of WWII. If this scene in the film is to show us how Patton was always one step ahead of other generals, by drawing from history, it would be more than a "goof." It would be a friendly fire disaster. (Oops!) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Patton: Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
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Crazy Credits

One of the very, very few Twentieth Century-Fox films in which that company's logo is not shown at all, beginning or end. The film simply begins with the opening speech, and the opening Fox logo is replaced with an in-credit text-only notice after the speech. However, recent television showings have added the logo (not on DVD prints), and the addition is obviously spliced in from another piece of film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The IMDb credits reflect those in a version of the film once broadcast by Cinemax and listed in the AFI Catalogue. Another version in letterbox format (once broadcast by AMC) omit and change some of the credits. Omitted are: credits for Alex Weldon, Joe Canutt and Pacific Title. Changed credits are all in the Sound Department, where Don J. Bassman, 'Theodore Soderberg', Murray Spivack and Douglas O. Williams are credited simply for 'sound." Whether this was a re-released version is uncertain. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the 7th Army band when Patton greets Montgomery in Messina, to drown out Montgomery's bagpipes, and then by the British Auxiliary Territorial Service band at the dedication in Knutsford as Patton and his staff arrive.
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A film about the man not the war
20 April 2003 | by kevin-capraniSee all my reviews

Oliver Stone has said this film glorifies war, i disagree, what it does is show a man {Patton} who gloried in war, the war is shown through his perspective,and to Patton war is glorious and he revels in it.The performance of George c scott as Patton is brilliant, it shows a complex and demanding character riddled with contradictions ,who believes he was born to be a leader of men,the supporting cast is very good particularly karl Malden who plays general Bradley a calm experienced soldier with no dreams of glory, the perfect foil to the maverick Patton, the combat scenes are well shot and are never more than is necessary to support the narrative,the film rises above being very good to excellence due to George c Scotts intuitive grasp of the character.


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